5 Red Sox Players Facing a Make-or-Break Year in 2013

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5 Red Sox Players Facing a Make-or-Break Year in 2013
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Cody Ross performed well during his make-or-break year in 2012.

Five Red Sox players are facing "make-or-break" years in 2013.

Some of them do for their recent injuries. Some of them do because they enter their contract years.

All of them do for their disappointing 2012 seasons.

Last year, Kevin Youkilis, Cody Ross and Daisuke Matsuzaka were the three Red Sox players facing make-or-break years.

Youkilis needed to bounce back from his injuries in 2011 and perform in his contract year. However, he did not and was traded midseason.

Ross signed an inexpensive one-year deal following a disappointing 2011 season. He played a full season, dominated left-handed pitching and posted solid numbers.

Lastly, Dice-K entered the final year of his contract after posting terrible numbers in his previous three years with the team. He continued to spiral downward and ended his tenure with the Red Sox, and maybe Major League Baseball, on a sour note.

None of the three are still with the Red Sox, but one of them had a breakout season and signed a big contract in the following offseason.

Several players in the following slideshow look to succeed like Ross did in his make-or-break season, and try to stay with the team and/or sign expensive contracts after the 2013 season.

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